Each year the UNC Charlotte Department of Art & Art History partners with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation to provide a special educational experience for students through hosting a shared Artist-in-Residence. The McColl artist joins a UNC Charlotte faculty member to teach a spring semester course, culminating in an exhibition in Rowe Galleries, as well as events and activities at McColl. This course is available to all art majors who have completed their freshman year foundation coursework. Previous semesters have included artists in fields such as graphic design, installation and performance arts, and printmaking.
The Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence is Liz Miller.
In 2015, Vancouver-based artist and disability activist Carmen Papalia responded to the failures that he experienced as a recipient of institutional support services and proposed a new conceptual work called Open Access. Consisting of five tenets that describe a relational practice concerning the agreement to support others, Open Access focuses on care, mutuality, and the responsibility to disrupt the conditions that obstruct agency for those in need. Papalia encourages participants to use the framework to assess their own support-based relationships—either as a recipient or provider of support–and consider each tenet as a guiding principle when the need for an autonomous community of support emerges.
This fall, the Department of Art & Art History welcomes the McColl Artist in Residence for a teaching residency as part of his cross-country movement building campaign for Open Access. In a series of workshop meetings focusing on topics ranging from “installation as intervention” to “organizing for institutional access and publicness,” Papalia will support students in answering the question “how do we use our creative practices – and the resources that we have access to as artists – to disrupt the disabling social, cultural, and political conditions that obstruct our agency?